My career began as a nursery nurse in the school sector, where I gained over 30 years of experience. During that time there were periods when I worked part-time and was able to take on short-term supply work and temporary support roles providing 1:1 support for children with special educational needs.
Whist working as a nursery nurse role, I become an assessor of students undertaking a NVQ in Early Years, enabling me to work with adults. In 2002 I moved into a new role to support a wide range of early years settings in the PVI sector as a quality improvement officer for a Local Authority and thereby experienced the diversity of early years services in my locality.
I studied at Sheffield Hallam University to gain a Foundation Degree and then completed the BA top-up. I went on to achieve the graduate Early Years Professional Status in 2009 and worked as a peripatetic assessor for the following three years, maintaining a strong professional interest in EYPS. I hold a firm belief that all early years practitioners should have opportunities to develop their skills and knowledge with access to a just and appropriate qualifications framework. I achieved Qualified Teacher in Learning and Skills in 2011 and a Masters in Early Childhood Studies in 2012.
I began working at Sheffield Hallam University on a part-time basis in 2012, and currently teach on the Early Years Teacher Status course. As the academic placement co-ordinator, I bring my knowledge of local early years services to support my role in placing trainees in settings where they will be effectively supported and given prime opportunities for experiential learning. I have just completed my Doctorate in Education, having conducted research on placement experiences with EYT trainees.
Early Years Childcare and Education
Social and emotional well-being
Leadership and management